Bilbury or Whortleberry
What do you call these deliciously flavoured small blue/black berries? In our family they have always been referred to as Blaeberries, I think this is the Scottish term. Walking in the hills I have harvested the last of the berries, a laborious task, picking the tiny ink blue fruits until I have enough to make a sauce or stuffing for a pie. It is a time consuming task but so rewarding, as these acidic berries release a delicious and intense flavour when cooked
To be found across the UK on moors and heathlands, also known as wimberry or whinberry and urts! They are similar to blueberries but have a red inner flesh. The berries grown on low bushes with solitary blue-black fruits.
Since the Middle Ages these berries and their leaves have been used in traditional European medicine for the treatment of diabetes and other ailments